Charlie Parker

Groovin' High [K-Tel]

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Beginning with the eminently infectious "Night In Tunisia," GROOVIN' HIGH keeps its listeners doing exactly that. Some of Parker's best-loved tunes crop up on this K-Tel compilation, including "Bird Feathers," "Confirmation," treatments of Monk's "Round About Midnight" and "52nd St. Theme" and fantastic improv numbers like the wildly percussive "Mambo." Despite the substandard sound quality of these recordings, it is still possible to enjoy Parker's musicianship which, as always, is phenomenal.

True to his moniker, Bird dips, soars and glides through the harmonic spectrum, stretching and scattering notes and phrases at blinding speed. Performances by Parker's sidemen are outstanding as well (though another irritation of the album is its lack of personnel listings or information about recording dates). Still, when one considers the treasured opportunity to hear Bird's alto as it loops into the stratosphere on tracks like "Koko," it becomes difficult to hold a grudge against this fine collection.